Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon have been longtime friends, at least dating back to when the pair worked together on the 2017 film A Wrinkle In Time. And when Witherspoon revealed her son, Deacon Phillippe, was interested in acting, Kaling knew she had the perfect role for him to take on.
Last month, Netflix announced that the 18-year-old actor would make his official acting debut in the third season of Never Have I Ever. While sitting down with Entertainment Tonight, Kaling got candid about her decision to cast Deacon in the series.
“Reese had told me that he was interested in performing…and I only had this role that seemed really good for him,” she said. “He’s so super talented, obviously really handsome, but here's this kid who's been raised by two very successful actors and he wanted to learn.”